About me

My name is Shiling Liang1. I am a final-year PhD student2 at the Laboratory of Statistical Biophysics, EPFL. Before I started my PhD, I obtained M.Sc. in Physics at EPFL and B.Sc. in Physics from Beijing Normal University and the University of Manchester3.

My main research interest is on non-equilibrium thermodynamics and its application to biochemical systems. During my master and beginning of PhD, I was investigating how a temperature gradient can break symmetries in both chemical and real space, which may lead to the origin of life. Recently, I am working to reveal the thermodynamic cost to break symmetries in biochemical systems. I am also interested in stochastic thermodynamics and all kinds of thermodynamic bounds.

If my research resonates with you and you'd like to discuss it further, please don't hesitate to email me.


2023.08.28 Check out our new preprint arXiv:2308.14497, which reveals the thermodynamic cost to break temporal symmetry.
2023.04.29 My contributed talk on thermodynamic bounds on symmetry breaking in WOST IV has been accepted.
2023.04.20 My contributed talk on thermodynamic bounds on symmetry breaking in StatPhys28 has been accepted.

Selected Publications

Thermodynamic costs of symmetry breaking


Thermodynamic bounds on time-reversal asymmetry

S. Liang & S. Pigolotti
arXiv 2308.14497 (2023)

$\color{red}\blacksquare$ Temporal-coarse-grained measure of time-reversal asymmetry can be used to infer non-equilibrium driving forces.


Universal thermodynamic bounds on symmetry breaking in biochemical systems

S. Liang, P. De Los Rios & D. M. Busiello
arXiv 2212.12074 (2022)
Poster | Video

$\color{red}\blacksquare$ Network geometry reveals universal thermodynamic bounds in various of biochemical systems, ranging from the error rate of kinetic proofreading to the contrast of reaction-diffusion pattern.

Chemical systems in non-isothermal environments


Emergent thermophoretic behavior in chemical reaction systems

S. Liang, D. M. Busiello & P. De Los Rios
New Journal of Physics 24 123006 (2022)
Poster | Summary

$\color{red}\blacksquare$ Thermophoresis can emerge from reaction-diffusion system. Favouring cold or hot regions depends on the correlation between transport properties and energies.


Dissipation-driven selection of states in non-equilibrium chemical networks

D. M. Busiello, S. Liang, F. Piazza & P. De Los Rios
Communication Chemistry 4 16 (2021)

$\color{red}\blacksquare$ Chemical reaction network with kinetic asymmetry can harvest thermal energy to break symmetry in chemical space.

  1. How to pronounce my name: Shiling (given name) Liang (family name). 

  2. I am looking for a postdoctoral position starting from late 2024. 

  3. A joint program between Beijing Normal University and the University of Manchester.